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Hand holding out a stack of money tied to the end of a stick for briberyLocal campaign contribution reports over the past week created no new intrigues but Monterey County Supervisor Dave Potter had three interesting items to report.

Potter, campaigning to retain his seat in the 5th Supervisorial District, reported returning a $2,000 contribution from David Demshur of Houston, whose Core Laboratories is a big player in the oil fracking industry. Potter’s latest campaign filing says the money was returned May 13, the day after the Partisan wrote about the contribution.

With an anti-fracking initiative heading to the November ballot, the candidates are sensitive to any perception of support from the oil industry, but both Potter and his opponent, Mary Adams, have received contributions from South County landowners who could benefit from a fracking boom.

Parker also accepted a $1,000 contribution in April from prominent oil and gas lawyer Lawrence Wolfe of Cheyenne, Wyo.

Potter maintains a big fund-raising lead over Adams thanks to considerable input from both inside and outside the area. Two recent outside contributions that advance the campaign story line: $500 from Chris Bardis and $1,000 from Susan McCabe.

Bardis is a Sacramento attorney who is a big promoter of harness racing and horse racing in general. The Adams campaign has gone after Potter for bringing the Monterey Downs horse racing proposal to Fort Ord and for his behind-the-scenes work to promote the tremendously controversial project.

McCabe is noteworthy because she is the most active and successful lobbyist of the California Coastal Commission, of which Potter was once a member. She almost always represents people or businesses wanting to develop along the shore and she has come under recent scrutiny for her role in removing strong environmentalist Charles Lester from the commission’s leadership position. In his campaign filing, Potter identifies her only as a “self-employed manager.”

In campaign mailings, Adams has made much of Potter’s low rating by environmental groups while he was on the commission, which led to his earlier removal from the commission. He was replaced by Santa Cruz Assemblyman Mark Stone, who has a much better environmental report card.

The Carmel Pine Cone in its last edition attacked Adams with exceptional vigor, claiming she was lying about Potter having been removed from the commission. To support that, the weekly paper interviewed then-Assembly Speaker Karen Bass, who said she had appointed Stone in Potter’s place only because it was time for a change and that she had not even considered Potter’s voting record. The Pine Cone accepted that as gospel, apparently not even considering that Bass was merely reciting the type of lines scripted for such occasions. It is inconceivable that an Assembly speaker would make such an important change without carefully examining the records of the former commissioner and his replacement. Inconceivable to most, that is.

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  • Jason Reed May 30, 2016, 10:30 am

    Well done.

  • Jean May 30, 2016, 10:58 am

    $500? $1,000?
    Somebody’s a really cheap date.

    • Helga Fellay May 30, 2016, 11:02 am

      probably $500 and $1,000 at a time.

  • bill leone May 30, 2016, 11:28 am

    As noted earlier, “Si muove ancora!”
    See the comment section of the previous article for an English translation.

    bill leone (one of six Progressive Candidates for Monterey County Democratic Central Committee)

  • david fairhurst May 30, 2016, 11:36 am

    See Royal, we do agree on the important stuff. Keep at it my “bulldog” friend and maintain what true journalism is all about. Truth, Information, Conscience, Justice and the ability to enable the people to change things that are wrong and corrupt in our society.
    “To comfort the afflicted and to inflict the comfortable”. (Inherit The Wind)

    I emailed Barbra Bass’s office during that time (and was kindly and favorably responded too) and introduced a Todd Sloan, the head educator at Pepperdine U in Malibu (Todd is considered to be one of the leading experts in Coastal Commission Law).
    I supported Mark Stone, I may have several disagreements of beliefs with Mr. Stone but see him as attempting to be a true public servant. I am confident that Ms. Bass did change that seat because of Potter’s behavior and lack of ethics, why else would she? I fear that silence, excuses or xerox platitudes may be standard “protection” of a fellow “Democrat” (as Potter has called himself for years) and neither party wants the stain of scandal on them, therefore have a tendency to keep mum on their own contamination.

    My personal little enjoyment was when Potter complained in the various medias, paper and video that he didn’t even get a phone call from Ms Bass or her staff telling him he was off the Commission or why. I thought, yeah just as Potter himself is infamous for not returning letters or phone calls of concerns by the people he pretends to represent. That is unless he wants to destroy and silence that “little” person, (I was even told that in private Potter screamed “who the Hell does he think he is?” I replied tell him I’m a “Citizen”). Potter uses his pet troll Miller at the “Slime Gnome” to spew lies and attacks on his target, he will also pressure the “law” (he does control their budget after all) to go after that person. I lived it.

    Don’t you see sort of the same sort of thing happening to Ms. Marry Adams? Potter can not run on the truth of his past so it is he that is trying hide or distort it and cast hostilities using his henchmen at a woman whom those that know, would be a stupendous Supervisor who, surprise, may actually represent her constituents.

  • Jane Haines May 30, 2016, 1:09 pm

    Fact: As of 1 p.m. today (May 30), the Dave Potter for Supervisor Facebook page shows 3,500 views, 51 Likes, no Dislikes and 1 comment (by Ed Smith). I find that somewhat interesting, although I don’t know why.

    • Dan Turner May 30, 2016, 10:37 pm

      I wonder what Councilman Smith (a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Hospitality Assn.) had to say about Supervisor Dave?

  • Karl Pallastrini May 30, 2016, 6:27 pm

    The idea that Ms. Bass did not even review Potter’s voting record (Coastal Commission Replacement of Potter) before replacing him is pure B.S. Staffers working with the elected officials do the reviews and provide a detailed assessment of the pro’s and con’s of all appointed officials. What we have is a “professional” party compliant response to a rather simple question.

    • L. Parrish May 30, 2016, 10:28 pm

      I wish you’d contain that info. in a letter to the Pine Cone. Don’t think he would print it, but that would once again substantiate his pathetic and phony attempts at investigative journalism. Who wants facts when you can just make up stuff? And get away with it.

  • bill leone May 31, 2016, 12:51 am

    Making-stuff-up seems to be The underlying tactic of Right Wing Nuts & other cognitively challenged politicians. At the pinnacle of this mountain of refuse is Donald Drumph, the master of saying absolutely Anything that comes to mind at a moment’s notice, without any regard for the Truth, Consequences, Consistency, or Contradiction.

    bill leone (one of six Progressive Candidates for Monterey County Democratic Central Committee)

  • david fairhurst May 31, 2016, 11:55 am

    Now Now Bill, both parties have a history of “making stuff up”. Alteration of truth and nasty politics seems to be at least the one thing both power parties share in common lately. Hitlery has her own long list of, shall we say, “misrepresentations”, “falsehoods” and the destruction of others. Hence even I as a “Right Wing Nut” (there are left wing nuts too) like Bernie Sanders. For at least one reason alone I support “Comrade Sanders”, as one of those “Right Wing Nut” Radio talk show hosts said, (and I’m paraphrasing) ‘I disagree with “The Burn” political beliefs (uber socialist/Communist) but the guy is the only one of the three that is at least truly honest and”authentic” of who he is’.

  • bill leone May 31, 2016, 3:18 pm

    David, please differentiate between Socialism & Communism, if not for the sake of historical accuracy. Socialism, per se, has been around for more than a century before Karl Marx wrote Das Kapital in the early 1800’s. His work was basically a critique of Adam Smith’s Wealth Of Nations. Although, if you take the time & effort to read both original texts, you will find Marx used many of Smith’s ideas, which were formulated 100 years earlier.
    Socialism is the nationalization of major industries, by (hopefully) a democratic government, while Communism is the ownership of all means production by the “dictatorship of the proletariat.”
    What we have in the US at this time is a government owned by a syndicate of wealthy corporations & individuals; otherwise known as National Socialism
    (not to be confused with Socialism or Communism), & also called Facsism.

    bill leone (One of six Progressive Candidates for Monterey County Democratic Central Commitee. See previous comments for a list of all six candidates.)

  • david fairhurst June 1, 2016, 2:21 pm

    We are not National Socialism, but Capitalism, in true National Socialism the industry owners are controlled by the political “Leader”, here our “leaders” are controlled by the industry owners.
    In most Western Socialist nations ownership of the business/industry is still maintained by the individual owners. I do not see the Western European Nations as “true” Socialist countries, but perhaps their governments could be more defined as consciousness and supportive to the welfare of their societies. I believe that Western European Socialism works there because of a society and ethnic unity of purpose. A Norwegian friend explained it to me as “we have spent 3000 years learning that we have to help each other to survive”. Things are starting to unravel as different backgrounds and beliefs inundate those Nations. I fear we are to fragmented/polarized in this Nation for that style of Socialism to work here.
    Canada “Nationized” all their oil companies, just as Mexico did, so are they both “Socialist”? I understand that both are considered disasters. Again, tomato, tomatoe, potato, potatoe, Fascist, Communist, Socialist, Capitalist whats in a name? It is the actions of the State that define it.
    I like F.A. Hayek’s book “The Road to Serfdom” warning us about the government (even a ‘kindly’ one) takeover and control of production and allocation of resources. Don’t forget the warnings of Orwell…. Still hope you win and you still of course have my vote (same reasons I like “Bernie”) because, as the right wing talk show host called Chairman (oops, Maoism is another one) Sanders, he is authentic and honest of who he is. Who do you suggest for the complete gang of 6?

  • bill leone June 2, 2016, 8:32 am

    David, we may not be a Fascist state yet, but we are well on our way to becoming one.

    I believe it was the Capitalists of Europe & the US that bankrolled the rise of Fascism in Europe in
    the 1920’s & 30’s. We also had something called The Business Plot in the US, which was a behind-the-scenes attempted coup of FDR’s presidency, financed by the DuPont family, a forerunner of the Koch brothers.

    Helping each other to survive sounds pretty good to me; it beats a “survival of the fittest” mentality,
    which makes enemies of us all.

    The other Progressive Candidates for Monterey County Democratic Central Committee are:
    Tim Barrett, Jan Knippers Black, Natalie U. Gray, Gary Karnes, & Jennifer Rigney. We all support
    Bernie, Monnning, Mark Stone, Mary Adams & Jane Parker.
    Thanks for your donation!